By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
The drunk Korean national who went viral on social media over suspicions that he is a victim of the 2019 novel coronavirus after he passed out on a sidewalk in Manila, was given adequate care and attention, Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said.
Netizens accused local officials of refusing to help the foreigner due to the fear of contracting the virus.
“It is only right for you not to go near persons who collapsed on the streets because you are not specialists,” Domagoso said.
“While it is true that you really wanted to help, helping in the right manner, proper manner, which is to immediately call authorities so that things will be coordinated properly, proper tools and equipment or proper person will address the matter,” he added.
The local chief executive also said that the man’s drunkenness should not be a problem of the city government.
“He neglected himself. Can you imagine, your drunkenness should be a problem of the government? That’s his problem. He was not neglected,” he said.
“One person’s vice should not be the government’s problem. He should handle himself. It’s a good thing he was not jailed for that,” he added.
Photos and videos of the Korean man who passed out on the street along Taft Avenue corner Remedios Street went viral after they were posted on Facebook on Saturday, February 1.
In his post, the social media user claimed that the man was a Chinese national suffering from flu-like symptoms, and that they sought help from various government agencies only to get no response.
The next day, police said that the Korean national personally went to the Ermita Police Station to clarify that he only fell asleep on the street due to intoxication.